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Community and Institutional Pharmacy

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Community and Institutional Pharmacy
  • Description
  • Outcome
  • Certification
  • There are different types of pharmacies with different roles and responsibilities. In this course, “Community and Institutional Pharmacy”, you will learn the difference between community pharmacies and institutional pharmacies and gain an insight into the workings of each pharmacy.

    The first module of this course will teach you about community pharmacy. You will learn about the various types of prescriptions that are processed in a community pharmacy, such as e-prescriptions, and the advantages of electronic prescribing in modern-day community pharmacy practice. This module also teaches you the step-by-step procedures for processing both new and refill prescription orders and the options for lower prescription costs for uninsured patients.

    The second module delves into institutional pharmacy and describes the classifications and functions of a hospital including the role of the director of pharmacy. This module explains the process of medication filling and dispensing in a hospital pharmacy, while also explaining the proper procedure for preparing, labelling, and repackaging medications. This module also explains the various forms of sterilization, steps to take to implement infection control, and lists examples of quality assurance programs in the hospital.

    This course will interest those who have an interest in working in a pharmacy as a pharmacist, pharmacy technician, or as the director of pharmacy.

  • After completing this course, you will be able to:


    • Describe the role of the Institutional Review Board in approving investigational drug studies.
    • Explain the functions of a hospital pharmacy department.
    • Describe the roles and responsibilities of the director of pharmacy, pharmacist, and pharmacy technician in a hospital pharmacy.
    • Explain the role of pathogenic organisms in causing disease.
    • Distinguish among bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protozoa.
    • Identify procedures to minimize airborne contamination during the compounding of sterile preparations.
    • Identify the role of the Infection Control Committee within a hospital.
    • Discuss the importance of and techniques for preparing, handling, and disposing of hazardous agents.

  • All Alison courses are free to study. To successfully complete a course you must score 80% or higher in each course assessments. Upon successful completion of a course, you can choose to make your achievement formal by purchasing an official Alison Diploma, Certificate or PDF.

    Having an official Alison document is a great way to celebrate and share your success. It is:

    • Ideal to include with CVs, job applications and portfolios
    • A way to show your ability to learn and achieve high results

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